As a busy mom, I often struggle to balance everything that I have going on in my life. I’m raising a toddler and a puppy, working full-time, trying to grow in faith and marriage, maintaining friendships, and volunteering at church all while working full-time.
It’s definitely a circus juggling act, and some days, I drop the ball when it comes to spending daily devotional time with God.
I’ve got a special gift for you!
If you’re also a busy mom who struggles to find time to dedicate to God’s Word, I have the perfect gift for you. I have created an absolutely FREE 21-day devotional just for my mama friends that you can use over the next 21 days to build your daily devotional habit.
Whether you are a busy mom, business owner, or a full-time college student, you may find yourself in the same shoes.
Life gets so unexpectedly busy and squeezing in the time to plan out when and what scriptures you are going to read over the course of a day, week, or months may feel like another add-on to your already huge to-do list.
But God’s intention is for us to foster and grow our relationship with Him- not to be an additional stressor or obligation we end up only doing out of routine. He desires an intimate relationship with each of His children and wants you to just spend some time with Him each day (Genesis 1:27; 1 John 4:19)
The same way we have to spend time with our spouse, sister, parents, or best friend to build and grow that relationship, we have to do the same with God. Some of us may even need to spend more time with God to help us with our other relationships!
Daily devotional time is the key to growing your relationship and increasing your faith and will be your biggest anchor when life gets crazy.
But I know as well as anyone, it can definitely seem impossible for you to add another thing to your schedule.
I will share more about creating a daily devotional time routine and why it’s important as well as opportunities and creative ways to have devotional time that may be different than what you have heard from your church pastor for many years.
So let’s get started. I’ll start with some basics.
What is a devotional?
A devotional is a publication designed to provide specific scripture readings for a calendar year (Wiki, 2019). Devotions have become one of the most popular genres of Christian literature that allow readers to further their understanding of scripture and promote more in-depth understanding of the Bible.
What does a typical devotional time look like?
Typical devotional time includes:
- Opening with prayer and inviting the Holy Spirit to help you understand the Word.
- Reading a set scripture whether through a purchased devotional, reading plan, Life Journal, or app.
- Meditating on the scripture and other passages included.
- Thinking through how this scripture is relevant to you and in your life.
- Closing prayer.
Duration of devotional time may vary person to person, but for the most part, devotional time typically lasts about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the length of the devotional and how in-depth you are desiring to go.
The duration of the time spent in your devotional is not nearly as crucial as how consistent you are being with your devotional time and creating a routine that will build your faith and be an anchor to you through the storms of life.
Which brings me to my next topic of discussion..
How to create a consistent devotional time and routine?
In some form, you probably already have a routine that you abide by. However, it may not be the most intentional routine or the best utilization of your time, which could be making it difficult for you to set aside more time to spend in your devotional time.
I am going to discuss in the next blog post of this series about how to pick the right time for your devotional, but I would suggest that you start setting aside about 10 to 15 minutes a day for your time with God and His Word.
Put this on your schedule, in your phone, on your family calendar- whatever you need to so that you will know you have this planned every day at a specific time.
Consistency will be the most crucial factor for you to build a stable devotional time routine for a long duration. We often hear from self-help books that you can form a habit in 21 or 28 days, but I would argue that you need to stay consistent with your devotional time until you feel like your day is not complete without it.
Your devotional reading needs to be as routine as brushing your teeth and taking a daily shower (hopefully, you’re consistent with this)
This daily habit could take anywhere from days to months to develop, but I ensure you once you make devotional time with God a priority in your life and a necessity to your day, your life will be changed for the better.
Thanks for reading!
Be sure to check out my next blog post about finding the right time to have your devotional time.
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